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, grabbed a beer and went down the emergency chute. he is charged with criminal mischief. >>> the u.s. is bidding to host the 2018 to 2022 event and washington could host some of the games. rfk stadium held games in 1894. >>> also today employees at discovery communications head back to work. their offices are back open for the first time since the standoff. lindsey mastis live in downtown silver spring with more on the story. good morning, lindsey. >> reporter: good morning. discovery's 1900 employees were granted what is called liberal leave. that means they didn't have to come back to work until today. so far we have seen some people walking around the building but it is still early. some employees returned to the discovery headquarters the next day, right after the attacks because during the evacuation many people left their personal items like car keys, clap tops and cell phones. discovery had a dozen grief counselors on hand to help employees. >> it just makes me really sad that these kinds of senseless acts of violence are going on and people can't find a more creative way to p
and since that time the number of states that have banned hand held cell phone use while driving has jumped the eight. the number of states that have banned texting while driving has risen to 30. the message still doesn't seem to be reaching teenage drivers. that is the big target audience here. a new survey shows that a majority of teenagers believe that drunk driving is more dangerous than texting behind the wheel. the reality is it's just as dangerous if not more so. in 2009 alone almost 5400 people consider killed by distracted driving. transportation secretary calls this a growing epidemic in our country. he tells me that this summit will help find a cure. >> thank you. we know distracted driving is a problem but what kind of solutions do we expect to come? do you have an idea? >> reporter: the answer seems to be two fold, awarement and enforcement. almost everybody seems to be on the same page. if you're caught texting and driving you will get a heavy fine. the key is how do you catch people doing this on a free way. law enforcement officers will be talking today about how do we espec
residents recommended the ban after the county received an increase in requests to use the space. the county board established a policy that allows up to ten groups at a time to install displays on the courthouse grounds but now that same commission that started it all is now asking the board to reconsider. andrea? >> before you go, as you said we have been talking about this almost a year now. what can we expect at ted's meeting? >> well, today we are expecting the big vote. this is what we have been waiting on for several months now. the county board, the loudoun county board will be voting today. right here in this building at t 30. last night, of course, they listened to the temperature from residents at the public hearing but today is the big day that we should be getting a vote. back to you. >> finally a vote that is an answer. >> i know. >> all right. thank you. >>> new this morning, police investigate a bomb threat on an international flight. while you slept, the fbi scoured its high airways flight. the threat was found scrolled on a bathroom mirror. they searched the plane and spoke
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